Prescription Drugs For Multi-Annual Health Program
In 2004, the EU developed a new Health program for years up to 2020. The final, approved name was “the third program of Union action in the field of health (2014-20)”. This six-year plan is designed to expand upon previous ideas and improve the administration of health care and prescription drugs in the region.
The Aims Are Vague And Do Not Offer Major Policy Changes To Reflect Any Significant Threat
There is the talk of general health promotion, disease prevention and improved accessibility to improved healthcare programs. There are also plans for innovative and sustainable health care, a healthier population, economic growth and protection for cross-border health threats.
This should all have an effect on the types of prescription drugs and services offered in the EU. This broad program is also open to interpretation in the member states as each nation has its concerns. There are severe differences in population health trends in different areas of the EU.
This vague appearance is undoubtedly the result of numerous compromises. There are a lot of commissions, bodies, and agencies to appeal to and appease when creating these actions. One such compromise did at least lead to increased funding with a new budget of 449.4 million Euros. The original draft of the bill leads to some concerns, with particular organizations hoping to see a greater focus on certain areas.
The Committee on the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety asked for a greater focus on age-related diseases such as neurodegenerative diseases. There were also calls for guidelines on chronic illnesses.
The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations wanted to see greater empowerment and control for patients. They proposed doing this through improved health literacy.
The EPHA and the European Patients’ Forum felt that the idea of promoting growth through health was the opposite of what was needed. They want to ensure that improved growth led to a healthier population. T
The European Heart Network asked for healthcare programs on the importance of nutrition and physical activity.
Finally, the European COPD Coalition asked that respiratory issues were not left out of the equation
Everybody With A Particular Focus On European Healthcare Wanted To Ensure That They Had A Voice.
No one organization could be seen to be ignored for another. This then created this broad, vague framework that only asks for improvements and progression in European healthcare. This is understandable when creating such a far-sighted six-year plan. There are pressing short-term issues, but the long-term goals are to be in a better place than where they started simply.
These type of areas are mentioned in the main aims that are a little more specific, such as the need for a focus on cross-border public health issues. There are also critical health care programs highlighted for smoking, alcohol abuse, obesity and HIV/AIDS.
Two years on, these programs are now the key focus of joint actions between the EU and member states. In four years we shall see if the plan provided the healthier population and economic growth the EU aimed for.